Being Natural – Laundry Soap

I guess it’s the summer for trying new things.  Right now, my new things are natural cleaning and hygiene products.  So, in the name of trying to get bad chemicals out of our house, here’s what I did.  I made laundry detergent!  I figure if you’re trying to get chemicals out of your house, this is probably a big one, since you’re putting it on all of your clothes, bedding, etc…  Here’s how I made it:

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda

I bar of natural soap, shredded (I used Dr. Bonner’s tea tree scented castille soap).

I used the food processor to shred the soap (good grief, you have RA, don’t do it by hand!) Stir together.  I recommend doing this outside.  The websites I read did not saying anything about this, but it made me cough, and I don’t think it’s good to inhale borax, natural or not!

What is borax? (Note the info at the bottom about toxicity)

What is washing soda?

I haven’t used it yet, but I will update in the comments section when I do.  It was cheap to make (about $12. *Edit, about $5 with ingredients left over*), and you supposedly need only 1 tbsp per load.  I have an he washer, and everything I read said it should be safe for that.  Although the things I read said to store it in an airtight container, I went for a shoebox.  Maybe I’ll learn a lesson for that, but we’ll see.  Here’s what it looks like:

Laundry Soap in a Shoe Box

2 thoughts on “Being Natural – Laundry Soap

  1. I used it. It worked! No issues as far as using an HE machine. I would recommend shredding the soap to the smallest possible shred. Mine took a little bit to dissolve. There are lots of websites out there to show you how to make this. Try googling “make your own natural laundry detergent.”

  2. You know, as I’m making my second batch, it occurred to me that this is a lot cheaper than $12 to make. $12 would have included the whole boxes of washing soda and borax. I only used a cup of each. In reality, this probably cost less than $5 to make. The bar of soap being $3.

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